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BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities.

There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes history engaging and fun.

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BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at Virginia Humanities.

There’s the history you had to learn, and the history you want to learn - that’s where BackStory comes in. Each week BackStory takes a topic that people are talking about and explores it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversations with our listeners, BackStory makes history engaging and fun.

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    The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

    The End of the Road: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

    It turns out that all good things must come to an end...including BackStory.

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    Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

    Teaser: BackStory and the History of Finales in America

    This Friday we’re airing the final episode of BackStory, in which Nathan, Joanne, Ed, and Brian explore different kinds of finales throughout American history.

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    Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked

    Best of BackStory: The Time the People Picked

    In this best of BackStory, we present three of our listener’s favorite interviews from the show.

    • 51 min
    Introducing: Seizing Freedom

    Introducing: Seizing Freedom

    Coming Feb 2021…




    In most history classes, students learn that the Emancipation Proclamation and Union victories “freed the slaves.” But ending slavery in America required much more than battlefield victories and official declarations. Black people battled for their own freedom, taking incredible risks for a country that had actively denied their right to it. And after the Civil War, they made freedom real by organizing for equality and justice.

    On Seizing Freedom, you’ll hear stories of freedom taking and freedom making, in the words of those who did both. Drawing on stories from diaries, newspapers, letters, and speeches, we’ll recreate voices that have been muted time and time again.

    This excerpt is from the first episode of the series. It tells the story of those who escaped slavery to enlist with the Union Army—an army that wasn’t particularly interested in having them.




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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

migration bird ,

Miss It

I feel exact the same as the last comment! I can’t find anything comparable to the great quality of this podcast!

Redlands to Chicago ,

Really missed

Great loss…no current substitute for the format or quality.

James

ETrain7273 ,

The Original Hosts were the Best

Good podcast with good content. The episodes featuring the original hosting trio were the best.

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